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Summer Love: Two Series to Obsess Over

I’m a sucker for novels with young love. First love is incomparable to anything else, which is why I love reading YA novels because it means I get to feel it over and over again. It’s a girl thing, I think. I’ve recently stumbled upon a couple of great series by Jennifer Armentrout, The Lux Series and The Covenant Series. I’ll save the summaries for later. What I’ll tell the potential readers now is that both series are so easy to get wrapped in, I don’t think you could ask for anything more. The characters are fun and easy to identify with and the love story…ah, it’s good!

On to the summaries-

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

There is need. And then there is Fate—

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome—especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom—so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do—and sacrifice—for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies—lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon— and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude— or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

The cover art isn’t the best and I’ve also met better characters, but the read is fun and enjoyable and who doesn’t want that, especially for Summer?

The Birth of a Book: A Short Vignette

I recently stumbled across this video on Vimeo and desperately needed to share it. This video is most stunning and one of the most moving videos I’ve seen in awhile. Yes, I have a Nook and read my fair share of eBooks, but there is simply nothing like the printed page. Glen Milner, the talented director/editor that shot this video, does a superb job at showing how much hard work goes into printing each book and, more importantly, showing what a work of art each book truly is.

Please watch and enjoy the wonders of The Birth of a Book.

Give Glen Milner’s other work a look (or watch!) here.

A Richelle Mead App?!

That’s right everyone. Bestselling author Richelle Mead now has an app available called, The World of Richelle Mead. How awesome! That means everyone that is as obsessed with the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines as I am can connect with fans everywhere!

And you can check out the blog post here.

Happy downloading! =]

Beautiful Bookstores You’ll Want to Visit

Bookstore that was once a Dominican Church

I recently stumbled across a post from flavorwire that lists the 20 most beautiful bookstores and I am completely awestruck- these stores are absolutely stunning…

Any book lover should stop by flavorwire to see the other bookstores that made the list!

Why Do We Love Books?

Many of us have eReaders and enjoy reading from them. I know for me, eReaders are very convenient in terms of how many books they can store, how light the device can be and the pricing of the books are generally less expensive, making an eReader a pretty handy electronic to own.  However, there is something about the smell of a book and the yellowed pages that makes many of us begin to crave reading a physical book.  Sean Ohlenkamp, an artist of many mediums, created a video that touches the heart of any reader and makes the craving for books even stronger.  Watch the video below and reward yourself today by going to the library or bookstore to get yourself something that never should be forgotten.

Visit Ohlenkamp’s Portfolio for other fantastic things he has done!

endless queue Awards!: The Best Read Books in 2011

Welcome to the endless queue Awards! I have compiled a list of what I consider to be the best of 2011. This list is primarily titles that have been published in 2011, although there are a few that I have read this year that are not but are included in the “best of” list. Let me know what your best of 2011 is in a comment!

Best YA Series: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

One of the most well-written and thought-out YA series.

 

 

 

Best YA Novel: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Copyright 2011)

The best real photos in a book-period.

 

 

 

Best Debut Novel: Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson (Copyright 2011)

Anyone who has read my review of this one knows how much I love this novel.  It’s completely gripping and utterly fantastic.

 

 

 

Best Cover Art: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Copyright 2011)

I absolutely love the masquerade-like cover, it’s stunning.

 

 

 

Best Mystery Novel: In the Woods by Tana French (Copyright 2007)

Easy to stick with and one of the best mysteries I’ve ever read.

 

 

 

Best Fantasy Novel: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Copyright 2007)

I’m normally not one to really want to read a fantasy novel, but this series is epic and most definitely a must read.

 

 

 

Best Children’s Pictorial/Short Story: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (Copyright 2011)

Outstanding illustrations with equally outstanding, yet incredibly creepy, short stories by renown authors such as: Stephen King, Lois Lowry, and Chris Van Allsburg himself.

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” (p. 31) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Copyright 2000) [I cannot choose the best quote from a book, but this is one of the best!]

Gifts for Readers: Last Minute Ideas for the Book Lover on Your List!

Listed below are 5 great gifts/stocking stuffers any avid reader would love to get for Christmas!

Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics

Whether it’s a single novel or a collection of works by one author, these leatherbound classics would make a great gift for any occasion. They are gorgeous! They have that great book smell, gold or silver trimmed pages, and a ribbon book marker. For someone that is into classics or even collecting books, why not give them a great one this year?

 

Moleskine Passions Book Journal (or any other Moleskine)

Ah, the moleskine, it’s one of my favorite things! The title says it all-it’s a place to organize and write about the books you have read. This would be a great stocking stuffer or pairing with say, a classic novel?

 

 

 

Sticky Notes 

Why sticky notes? This may be my personal preference seeping out, but sticky notes make fantastic bookmarks, especially for those that refuse to fold the corner of a page down. They are also great for those that love taking notes but hate to write in books. I have purchased a lot of bookmarks, but nothing beats a sticky note.

 

 

Tote Bag

How many people can actually walk into a bookstore or library and get one book? By the time someone may locate the book he/she actually came into the store or library to get, a few others have jumped into their arms. Therefore, a tote bag is a necessity for many. Most stores have very nice, inexpensive, recyclable bags and then there are the bags that can get more expensive. One of my favorites is from outofprintclothing (This website has great things for book junkies =] )

 

Gift Cards

Nobody wants to be impersonal for Christmas or feel like they are taking the cheap way out, but a gift card is a really great gift for a book lover. He/She can pick and choose what they like and have a lot of fun spending hours in a bookstore. It’s what we book lovers love most. So don’t feel bad…we actually want gift cards!